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Dealing with Depression

By Mormon.org

About 9 percent of American adults from all walks of life experience feelings of hopelessness, despondency, and/or guilt that generate a diagnosis of some form of depression. About 3 percent of adults have major depression, also known as major depressive disorder. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the largest scientific organization dedicated to mental health issues, women are 70% more likely than men deal with depression during their lifetimes.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland framed major depression as "an affliction so severe that it significantly restricts a person's ability to function fully, a crater in the mind so deep that no one can responsibly suggest it would surely go away if those victims would just square their shoulders and think more positively..."

The impact of depression is real. But the hope and healing offered through the gospel of Jesus Christ is real too.

Jenny Hess, a wife and mother of 5, was on vacation with her family when her four-year-old son, Russell, died in a sledding accident. The family was stunned and shocked.

As a mother, it was extremely hard for Jenny to live through this loss. She struggled with a depression like she had never experienced before. She had many days where she struggled to get out of bed, and many other days when she gave up and just stayed there.

So how does she deal with these feelings of sadness and depression? Watch the video below and read her story:

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Amy Staley is another example of a person who lives with depression. Amy enjoys the support of her husband and children, and has sought help from trained professionals to help cope with depression. Listen to Amy's story here.

Five Tips for Dealing with Depression

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland offers helpful tips on dealing with depression and its effects. In his remarks entitled "Like a Broken Vessel," he provides these thoughts:

1. Never lose faith in God, your Heavenly Father

2. Slow down, rest up, replenish, and refill

3. If the condition becomes debilitating, seek the advice of reputable people with certified training, professional skills, and good values

4. Don't assume you can fix everything, but fix what you can

5. Remember through any illness or difficult challenge, there is still much in life to be hopeful about and grateful for

Watch Elder Holland's full remarks on this topic here:

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